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HYMN ON THE MORNING OF CHRIST'S NATIVITY
Chelsea: Printed [at the Ashendene Press] by St. John and Cicely Hornby for their friends, Christmas, 1928. ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 220 COPIES. Softcover. 279 x 191 mm (11 x 7 1/2"). [8] leaves. ONE OF APPROXIMATELY 220 COPIES. Original blue printed paper wrappers. With printer's device in colophon, two fine large initials in red, and a full-page woodcut by Noel Rooke of the Madonna and Child. Printed in Ptolemy type. Hornby, p. 104. Faint creases to tips of lower fore-edge corners of wrapper, but a very fine copy, clean, fresh, and bright. Printed by the Hornbys on French hand-made paper "to carry to our friends far and near our heartiest good wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," this charming booklet contains one of Milton's earliest poems in English, written when the 21-year-old was working on his M. A. at Cambridge. DNB tells us that "Early on Christmas day 1629 Milton completed ‘On the Morning of Christ's Nativity';; shortly thereafter he sent a copy of the poem to Diodati, describing it in his accompanying Latin verse letter (later Elegia sexta) as a birthday gift to Christ, composed by the first light of dawn." The lovely engraving of the Madonna and Child is the work of artist and teacher Noel Rooke (1881-1953). According to DNB, Rooke "inspired Eric Gill to start engraving, and between them these two fostered the revival of wood-engraving in Britain. Together they helped reinstate the ‘white line'; technique that Thomas Bewick and William Blake had developed some hundred years earlier.
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